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In Reply to: KCBS replies on their Facebook page In two parts posted by Bob on March 03, 2015 at 17:42:45:
As one of our most prominent BBQ tours rolled into Daphne, Alabama on February 27th, we were reviewing local rules and codes as usual. And to be quite frank, we simply found the codes on signage a little confusing and in certain parts, restricting. (But remember, we are BBQ'ers, not attorneys). At one point, we thought flags were considered signs. During that 7-hour period, our local tournament director decided that all signs and flags should come down while we assessed what the most courteous and legal thing to do would be. And yes, due to our local director being extremely cautious, American flags were part of our assessment and temporary stay. We then found evidence that there may be some wiggle room for patriotic flags.
In hindsight, we can honestly say that we BLEW the original call. But thankfully, we CORRECTED it within 7 hours. Nothing made us more proud than telling our BBQ teams to hoist the Red White & Blue as they wished, and that if there was something inappropriate in doing so, we would take the heat.
Well, we did take that heat. And still are. And so does Daphne, as some very proud Americans (understandably so) took to social media and exercised their First Amendment rights about how stupid it is to ban an American flag (we totally agree).
Fortunately, on Saturday when the competition occurred, any BBQ fan, team or judge who wanted to fly an American flag had the full rights and support of KCBS to do so.
And we've since learned, after multiple talks with Mayor Dane Haygood of Daphne, Ala., on Monday, March 2nd, that the City of Daphne fully supports that right as well.
So in our BBQ world, and in the City of Daphne, Alabama, let there be no mistake. Old Glory will fly proudly and prominently whenever a great American wants to display the Stars & Stripes.
From all of us at KCBS, a family that surrounds the globe, we would like to simply say to the fine folks of Daphne that we apologize for ANY dishonor that our temporary decision and confusion on the sign ordinance caused during our competition. We assure each and every one of you that it will never happen again, in Daphne, nor ANY city in America.
If it does, it will only be because someone pries the flagpole from our BBQ-stained hands.
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